Vivian Maier, Street Photographer

Vivian Maier, self portrait in Chicago, early 1960s.

Vivian Maier, self portrait in Chicago, early 1960s.

I had an artist friend of mine email me a link to this amazing video over at wimp.com about Vivian Maier, an until-recently unknown Chicago street photographer who was active as a shooter in that city for many, many years, all the while working in complete obscurity.

Thanks to the hard work of a Chicago real estate agent John Maloof, who stumbled upon a box of her negatives at an estate sale, she is now becoming known as one of the true American talents of the mid to late 20th century.

Young girl in car, Chicago. (Photo by Vivian Maier)

Young girl in car, Chicago. (Photo by Vivian Maier)

I grew up as a young photographer nourished by the work of photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank, whose ‘found moments’ out on the street did much to inspire my own shooting.

These images speak to me in similar fashion.

Girl in white dress, Chicago. (Photo by Vivian Maier)

Girl in white dress, Chicago. (Photo by Vivian Maier)

Watch the video, admire her work, check out the related links. We haven’t seen the last of Vivian Maier.

Related articles on the web:

Finding Vivian Maier at the Chicago Cultural Center opened January 7, 2011, running through March 2011

John Maloof’s Vivian Maier blog at blogspot.com

The New York Times’ piece on Vivian Maier at their Lens blog

Chicago Mag.com’s story about Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier at Wikipedia

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3 Comments on "Vivian Maier, Street Photographer"

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  1. Poje Mario says:

    Genuine black and white, you just got to love it.

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